“This Week in the Hollow” is a weekly series sharing glimpses of the adventures from our simple life in the hollow.
Along with saying “HELLO” to a brand new month this week, we had to say good-bye to some familiar scenes from October. We’ve seen some milder weather, peppered with some chilly days in the hollow this week. The fall colors came in like a flash and we have been seeing the most beautiful fall leaves raining down off of the trees. It is such a pretty sight to see!
Our herb garden is still growing steady! We have been enjoying all the extra fresh herbs and veggies that I planted late this year.
Cumin starting to peek out.
Along with wild flowers popping up all around the property, planting our favorite flowers makes for a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate the inside of our farmhouse into the autumn season.
These Zinnias are my new favorite to grow and you can bet that I will be planting more of these beauties next year.
Wild flowers are not the only things we see in the fall around the farm. These wild persimmons are not only delicious, but they offer amazing health benefits as well. I just LOVE God’s amazing creations!
As you can imagine, we have been taking advantage of the milder weather and less pesky bug, by going on multiple hikes around the property. It’s not the largest property by any stretch, but it is a good size and always feels like we are transported to another place when we are exploring in the woods.
These wild ferns are always fun to see. I have attempted to bring them indoors in the past, but they didn’t do so well. I may try again another time because free ferns appeal to this frugal mama. (smile)
So many varieties of mushrooms to see.
The littles spotted this little fella among the leaves.
Good natural camouflage
This was the BEST discovery yet, this fall season! I have been searching for some local Chicken of the Woods mushrooms for years! We found this one on a nearby old oak tree. The color and texture is amazing and the taste is similar to chicken. Hence, the name. (wink)
We enjoyed the last of our homegrown watermelon and shared some with our chickens. They gobbled them up, like candy. I love giving them healthy and natural treats to enjoy!
The autumn season is my favorite time of year to explore and make outdoor memories with the family. There are so many beautiful sights to see and sounds to hear. From the babbling creek all the way up the hill to the stillness of the green pond, nature lends for a beautiful experience for all the senses on the homestead. Enjoying these moments with our little ones each year is like coming home after a long trip.
Making memories or finding things to do to fill our days, doesn’t need to be expensive, extravagant, or stressful. A lot of times, you don’t even have to leave your home or property and it doesn’t cost a dime. Thinking outside the box and exploring nature is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the simple beauty all around us. 2020 has been a year to re-evaluate priorities and to focus on the simple blessings. As the world gets used to their “new normal”, our simple life here in the hollow makes us even more GRATEFUL than ever for choosing years ago, to take the time to slow down and enjoy the simple blessings every day.
Thessalonians 5:17-18 (ESV)
17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.